Image: Philip Carr


Brian Eno

77 Million Paintings

2 April - 23 May 2010

During the 2010 Brighton Festival, Fabrica played host to Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings, a slowly and constantly changing light installation displayed by a composition of high definition video screens. Originally conceived in 2006, the piece was reminiscent of a stained glass window or mosaic design, shifting and changing Eno’s hand drawn images by way of ‘generative’ software that provided an infinite number of possible combinations. Installed into the former chancel area of the gallery, 77 Million Paintings was accompanied by a shifting ambient soundscape and was displayed in low light conditions, creating an immersive and meditative experience.

Painter and conservator Stig Evans was the artist in residence for the duration of the 77 Million Paintings exhibition. As well as running a number of experiments and workshops over this period, he was also able to indulge his interest in colour and our relationship to it. Eno’s kaleidoscopic installation provided the perfect starting point for this, allowing a full exploration of human responses to, and the historical and chemical provenance of colour.